Kids are amazingly resilient — far more so than their adult counterparts many times. I learned this lesson again recently. My middle daughter has always given me trouble about going to school. Actually, that’s not entirely true. I sent her to school for half a year when she was 2-and-a-half; she walked in like she owned the place and never looked back. But when we moved out of the area mid-school year, I couldn’t find an opening for her to go to preschool in our new location so I kept her home.
When she started a new school the following year, that’s when the trouble started. She would cling to me and generally make all kinds of a ruckus when it was time to go into her classroom. Ironically, she loved her teacher and had a close girlfriend in her class that year. I don’t know if it was the attention she craved or what, but she turned into a piranha when it came time to leave her at school.
The following year was more of the same — worse even because that year she didn’t seem to bond as easily to her teachers and she was a bit of a loner among her peers. So when it came time to send her to kindergarten this year, I was apprehensive.